CEI Weekly: CEI at Copenhagen

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CEI Weekly
December 18, 2009

>>Accounts from “Hopenchangen”
CEI’s William Yeatman, after attending COP-15, wrote an account of the COP-15 which was published in the Washington Times. He describes in detail in his article, A Green Woodstock, the motivations behind “generation greens” gathering at Copenhagen.
Myron Ebell, who also went to Copenhagen, wrote a blog post reflecting on his trip and what he believed to be “the crackup of the global warming establishment.”
Fran Smith also wrote an account of how world leaders, such as Hugo Chavez, have used the summit as an opportunity to deliver unfounded critiques on capitalism.

>>Shaping the Debate
Microsoft Agrees to Help Europeans Pick a Browser
Wayne Crew’s citation in ECommerce Times

Intel and FTC Trade Punches While Rivals Cheer
Ryan Radia’s citation in the San Francisco Business Times

>>Best of the Blogs
What Nanny Doesn’t Want You to Know
by Angela Logomasini
Federal health officials have long warned us all to cut back on salt because they say it might contribute to heart disease. Most people trust this advice, but it’s most likely not true for everyone. Salt appears to be a problem largely for individuals with hypertension, but not so much for the rest of us. Those of us who like salting our veggies and other things to make them more palatable, probably would like to know the whole story.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Helps Highly Skilled Immigrants
by Alex Nowrasteh
Section 320 of the The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 H.R. 4321 (CIR ASAP) is fantastic.  It exempts from numerical caps on employment based green cards those aliens who have earned a master’s or higher from an accredited university in the U.S., those who received postdoctoral and medical training in the U.S., and those who earned a master’s in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Currently, the H-1B visa allows 20,000 such graduates annually to work in the U.S. temporarily.

It’s Curtains on Free Speech in Colorado
by Michelle Minton
Maybe the air is a little too thin out in Colorado and the supreme court justices aren’t getting enough oxygen to their brains. Perhaps that is why they made the inexplicable decision to uphold a ban on smoking in stage-performances based on the premise that promotion of public health comes before an individual’s right to free expression.
“Six justices found that regardless of whether onstage smoking is a form of expression, the ban on smoking in public places is constitutional because it aims to promote public health rather than stifle free speech.”

>>LibertyWeek Podcast
Episode 73: Understanding ‘Obamanomincs’
We start with the climate crisis in Copenhagen, the legislative tightrope on health care legislation in the Senate and the passing and legacy of economist Paul Samuelson. We continue with the latest pork-filled spending bill and conclude with an interview with Tim Carney, author of the new book Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses (available online and at fine booksellers everywhere).

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